Faculty & Staff

Our faculty, staff, and administrators are consistently engaged in high quality professional development to ensure that our curriculum is rooted in best educational practices. Averaging 10 years teaching at New City, faculty form lasting bonds with their students and help them to develop a strong sense of self. Masters at their craft, New City teachers design engaging learning experiences that help students grow their independence as learners.

Fast Facts

70%

of faculty hold advanced degrees

25%

of faculty identify as people of color

32 

classroom teachers
(including assistants)

10

specialist teachers

Leadership

Janine Gorrell

Janine Gorrell

Early Elementary Division Head
Jonelle Harris

Jonelle Harris

Director of Diversity, Equity & Community
Dee Harvill

Dee Harvill

Director of Advancement
Abby Hillman

Abby Hillman

Director of Admission & Enrollment Management
Shawn Runge

Shawn Runge

Director of Finance & Operations
Laurie Smilack

Laurie Smilack

Upper Elementary Division Head
Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright

Head of School

Faculty & Staff

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Karl Aufenthie

Karl Aufenthie

Custodial Supervisor and Maintenance Technician
Melissa Bernstein

Melissa Bernstein

3/4s Teacher
Felix Berrios

Felix Berrios

3/4s Teacher
Marti Jo Bicknese

Marti Jo Bicknese

3/4s Assistant Teacher
Joseph Bradshaw

Joseph Bradshaw

Facilities Supervisor
Jessica Brod Millner

Jessica Brod Millner

Director of Social Action & Service Learning
Lindsay Bulva

Lindsay Bulva

Kindergarten Teacher
Margie Caldwell

Margie Caldwell

Substitute Teacher
Carla Carroll

Carla Carroll

Learning Specialist
Kristi Cloninger

Kristi Cloninger

Technology Specialist
Joseph Corbett

Joseph Corbett

Librarian
Paije Croghan

Paije Croghan

1st Grade Teacher
Mariel Daugherty

Mariel Daugherty

3s Teacher
Rosemary Davis

Rosemary Davis

Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Melissa Doll

Melissa Doll

School Counselor
Megan Dunlap

Megan Dunlap

2nd Grade Teacher
Ghada Ead

Ghada Ead

Kindergarten Teacher
Jennifer Enger

Jennifer Enger

4/5s Teacher
Eric Eskelsen

Eric Eskelsen

5th Grade Advisor; 5th & 6th Grade Science Specialist
Lucie Garnett

Lucie Garnett

4th Grade Teacher
Emilie Garwitz

Emilie Garwitz

Admissions Assistant
Beth Gibson

Beth Gibson

6th Grade Advisor; 5th & 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Carrie Gilbertson

Carrie Gilbertson

School Nurse
Janine Gorrell

Janine Gorrell

Early Elementary Division Head
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Head of School Alexis Wright sits in the morning meeting circle with a 3/4s class.

A Message from the Head of School

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to New City School! Founded in 1969, New City is built upon progressive ideals and for over 50 years has helped children discover a love of learning, leading to success not only in school, but success in life as well.
 
Academic development is of paramount importance at New City School—our curriculum is challenging and our secondary school placement is strong.
 
Equally important to us is the social and emotional development of children, and we work very hard to ensure that students understand themselves as learners and individuals. Our students understand how to approach and solve problems, how to work with others, and they grow up with a strong sense of the world around them. 
 
Community is another hallmark of the New City School experience. We have intentionally created a community that is exceptionally diverse, and we embrace the joys and challenges that come with learning and living in a diverse environment. We define diversity very broadly and view children’s understanding of identity, diversity, and issues of social justice as key to achievement in life. 
 
With an accomplished and skilled faculty, we have built and continue to sustain a school with a local and international reputation for excellence in education. New City is an amazing school; I invite you to discover that for yourself. I look forward to your visit and to welcoming you as your family gets to know our community.
 
Sincerely,
Alexis S. Wright
Head of School
awright@newcityschool.org